As a doula, I always recommend that my postpartum mamas get sun exposure before 10am to drastically improve their day, but this tip truly helps ANY mom because all mamas, whether they recently had a baby or not, need these benefits tremendously! Exposure to full spectrum sunlight in the morning causes our bodies to boost the level of serotonin, which is a chemical that:
Enhances your mood, overall making you feel happier, energized, and helping you fight depression.
Makes you feel calmer through the rest of the day.
Helps you stay focused, influencing learning and memory too.
Helps your night sleep as well, as sun exposure in the morning helps you regulate your circadian rhythm to produce melatonin when it's time to go to sleep, helping you feel sleepy naturally, and help against insomnia too.
Reduces stress because melatonin also lowers stress reactivity and if you are active when outdoors (a walk for example) that helps lower stress even more.
Strengthens the immune system, vitamin D is critical for your immune system which can help reduce the risk of illness, infections and more.
Maintains strong bones, as vitamin D also helps your body maintain calcium and prevents thin or misshapen bones. Extra important when pregnant or breastfeeding!
So, try to squeeze in an early day walk with your baby/kids (or alone) outside, sit outside in your yard or coffee shop in the morning. But what to do during the winter months? Or on days / in places where it's too cold or too cloudy? This is why it's extra important to take an effective & clean multivitamin that meets our nutrient needs through the fall & winter more than ever, and even more when we are pregnant, breastfeeding or moms of littles lacking sleep and constantly in go-go-go mode, exposed to more viruses (year-round as our bodies demand a higher nutrient intake during these life stages). Check out Mom's Multi (which delivers all nutrients straight to the bloodstream and cells making it x15 more efficient than others at 95% absorption instead of 5-10%). Shop here. Share mom friend who may need this tip! #motherhood #momtips #postpartum #postpartumtips #postpartummood #postpartumdoula #healthymom #happymom